Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that repairs a vertebral compression fracture. It helps restore the spine's natural shape.
Before the procedure, you are anesthetized. The physician guides a needle through the skin of your back and into your fractured vertebra. A special x-ray device called a "fluoroscope" helps the physician position the needle.
A balloon device is placed through the needle and into the vertebral body. The physician carefully inflates this balloon to expand the fractured bone. When the balloon is deflated, it leaves a cavity in the middle of the vertebral body. The balloon is removed. For some patients, more than one needle and balloon may be used.
The physician injects bone cement through the needle. This cement fills the cavity. It hardens inside the vertebral body, stabilizing the fracture.
End of Procedure and Aftercare
When the Kyphoplasty is complete, the needle is removed. The opening in your skin is closed. Your doctor will give you instructions to aid your recovery.
Will I Feel Relief?
Although the area may be sore for up to two weeks from where the needle was inserted, Kyphoplasty is used to relieve pain from compression fractures. Some patients may even experience rapid pain relief after the procedure.